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Blare intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Blared ; present participle & verbal noun Blaring .] [ Middle English blaren , bloren , to cry, woop; confer German plärren to bleat, Dutch blaren to bleat, cry, weep. Prob. an imitative word, but confer also English blast . Confer Blore .] To sound loudly and somewhat harshly. "The trumpet blared ." Tennyson.

Blare transitive verb To cause to sound like the blare of a trumpet; to proclaim loudly.

To blare its own interpretation.
Tennyson.

Blare noun The harsh noise of a trumpet; a loud and somewhat harsh noise, like the blast of a trumpet; a roar or bellowing.

With blare of bugle, clamor of men.
Tennyson.

His ears are stunned with the thunder's blare .
J. R. Drake.

Blarney (blär"nȳ) noun [ Blarney , a village and castle near Cork.] Smooth, wheedling talk; flattery. [ Colloq.]

Blarney stone , a stone in Blarney castle, Ireland, said to make those who kiss it proficient in the use of blarney.

Blarney transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Blarneyed (-nĭd); present participle & verbal noun Blarneying .] To influence by blarney; to wheedle with smooth talk; to make or accomplish by blarney. " Blarneyed the landlord." Irving.

Had blarneyed his way from Long Island.
S. G. Goodrich.

Blasé (blȧ*za") adjective [ French, past participle of blaser .] Having the sensibilities deadened by excess or frequency of enjoyment; sated or surfeited with pleasure; used up.

Blaspheme (blăs*fēm") transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Blasphemed (-fēmd"); present participle & verbal noun Blaspheming .] [ Middle English blasfemēn , Latin blasphemare , from Greek blasfhmei^n : confer French blasphémer . See Blame , v. ]
1. To speak of, or address, with impious irreverence; to revile impiously (anything sacred); as, to blaspheme the Holy Spirit.

So Dagon shall be magnified, and God,
Besides whom is no god, compared with idols,
Disglorified, blasphemed , and had in scorn.
Milton.

How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge thyself on all those who thus continually blaspheme thy great and all-glorious name?
Dr. W. Beveridge.

2. Figuratively, of persons and things not religiously sacred, but held in high honor: To calumniate; to revile; to abuse.

You do blaspheme the good in mocking me.
Shak.

Those who from our labors heap their board,
Blaspheme their feeder and forget their lord.
Pope.

Blaspheme intransitive verb To utter blasphemy.

He that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness.
Mark iii. 29.

Blasphemer noun One who blasphemes.

And each blasphemer quite escape the rod,
Because the insult's not on man, but God ?
Pope.

Blasphemous adjective [ Latin blasphemus , Greek ... .] Speaking or writing blasphemy; uttering or exhibiting anything impiously irreverent; profane; as, a blasphemous person; containing blasphemy; as, a blasphemous book; a blasphemous caricature. " Blasphemous publications." Porteus.

Nor from the Holy One of Heaven
Refrained his tongue blasphemous .
Milton.

» Formerly this word was accented on the second syllable, as in the above example.

Blasphemously adverb In a blasphemous manner.

Blasphemy noun [ Latin blasphemia , Greek ... : confer Old French blasphemie .]
1. An indignity offered to God in words, writing, or signs; impiously irreverent words or signs addressed to, or used in reference to, God; speaking evil of God; also, the act of claiming the attributes or prerogatives of deity.

» When used generally in statutes or at common law, blasphemy is the use of irreverent words or signs in reference to the Supreme Being in such a way as to produce scandal or provoke violence.

2. Figuratively, of things held in high honor: Calumny; abuse; vilification.

Punished for his blasphemy against learning.
Bacon.

Blast (blȧst) noun [ Anglo-Saxon blǣst a puff of wind, a blowing; akin to Icelandic blāstr , Old High German blāst , and from a verb akin to Icelandic blāsa to blow, Old High German blâsan , Goth. blēsan (in comp.); all probably from the same root as English blow . See Blow to eject air.]
1. A violent gust of wind.

And see where surly Winter passes off,
Far to the north, and calls his ruffian blasts ;
His blasts obey, and quit the howling hill.
Thomson.

2. A forcible stream of air from an orifice, as from a bellows, the mouth, etc. Hence: The continuous blowing to which one charge of ore or metal is subjected in a furnace; as, to melt so many tons of iron at a blast .

» The terms hot blast and cold blast are employed to designate whether the current is heated or not heated before entering the furnace. A blast furnace is said to be in blast while it is in operation, and out of blast when not in use.

3. The exhaust steam from and engine, driving a column of air out of a boiler chimney, and thus creating an intense draught through the fire; also, any draught produced by the blast.

4. The sound made by blowing a wind instrument; strictly, the sound produces at one breath.

One blast upon his bugle horn
Were worth a thousand men.
Sir W. Scott.

The blast of triumph o'er thy grave.
Bryant.

5. A sudden, pernicious effect, as if by a noxious wind, especially on animals and plants; a blight.

By the blast of God they perish.
Job iv. 9.

Virtue preserved from fell destruction's blast .
Shak.

6. The act of rending, or attempting to rend, heavy masses of rock, earth, etc., by the explosion of gunpowder, dynamite, etc.; also, the charge used for this purpose. "Large blasts are often used." Tomlinson.

7. A flatulent disease of sheep.

Blast furnace , a furnace, usually a shaft furnace for smelting ores, into which air is forced by pressure. -- Blast hole , a hole in the bottom of a pump stock through which water enters. -- Blast nozzle , a fixed or variable orifice in the delivery end of a blast pipe; -- called also blast orifice . -- In full blast , in complete operation; in a state of great activity. See Blast , noun , 2. [ Colloq.]

Blast transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Blasted ; present participle & verbal noun Blasting .]
1. To injure, as by a noxious wind; to cause to wither; to stop or check the growth of, and prevent from fruit-bearing, by some pernicious influence; to blight; to shrivel.

Seven thin ears, and blasted with the east wind.
Gen. xii. 6.

2. Hence, to affect with some sudden violence, plague, calamity, or blighting influence, which destroys or causes to fail; to visit with a curse; to curse; to ruin; as, to blast pride, hopes, or character.

I'll cross it, though it blast me.
Shak.

Blasted with excess of light.
T. Gray.

3. To confound by a loud blast or din.

Trumpeters,
With brazen din blast you the city's ear.
Shak.

4. To rend open by any explosive agent, as gunpowder, dynamite, etc.; to shatter; as, to blast rocks.

Blast intransitive verb
1. To be blighted or withered; as, the bud blasted in the blossom.

2. To blow; to blow on a trumpet. [ Obsolete]

Toke his blake trumpe faste
And gan to puffen and to blaste .
Chaucer.

Blast lamp A lamp provided with some arrangement for intensifying combustion by means of a blast.

Blast pipe The exhaust pipe of a steam engine, or any pipe delivering steam or air, when so constructed as to cause a blast.

Blasted adjective
1. Blighted; withered.

Upon this blasted heath.
Shak.

2. Confounded; accursed; detestable.

Some of her own blasted gypsies.
Sir W. Scott.

3. Rent open by an explosive.

The blasted quarry thunders, heard remote.
Wordsworth.

Blastema noun ; plural Blastemata [ Greek ... bud, sprout.] (Biol.) The structureless, protoplasmic tissue of the embryo; the primitive basis of an organ yet unformed, from which it grows.

Blastemal adjective (Biol.) Relating to the blastema; rudimentary.

Blastematic adjective (Biol.) Connected with, or proceeding from, the blastema; blastemal.

Blaster noun One who, or that which, blasts or destroys.

Blastide noun [ Greek ... sprout, from ... to grow.] (Biol.) A small, clear space in the segments of the ovum, the precursor of the nucleus.

Blasting noun
1. A blast; destruction by a blast, or by some pernicious cause.

I have smitten you with blasting and mildew.
Amos iv. 9.

2. The act or process of one who, or that which, blasts; the business of one who blasts.

Blastment noun A sudden stroke or injury produced by some destructive cause. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Blastocœle noun [ Greek blasto`s sprout + koi^los hollow.] (Biol.) The cavity of the blastosphere, or segmentation cavity.

Blastocarpous adjective [ Greek ... sprout, germ + ... fruit.] (Botany) Germinating inside the pericarp, as the mangrove. Brande & C.

Blastocyst noun [ Greek blasto`s sprout + English cyst .] (Biol.) The germinal vesicle.

Blastoderm noun [ Greek blasto`s sprout + English derm .] (Biol.) The germinal membrane in an ovum, from which the embryo is developed.

Blastodermatic, Blastodermic adjective Of or pertaining to the blastoderm.

Blastogenesis noun [ Greek blasto`s sprout + English genesis .] (Biol.) Multiplication or increase by gemmation or budding.

Blastoid noun (Zoology) One of the Blastoidea.

Blastoidea noun plural [ New Latin , from Greek blasto`s sprout + -oid .] (Zoology) One of the divisions of Crinoidea found fossil in paleozoic rocks; pentremites. They are so named on account of their budlike form.

Blastomere noun [ Greek blasto`s sprout + -mere .] (Biol.) One of the segments first formed by the division of the ovum. Balfour.

Blastophoral, Blastophoric adjective Relating to the blastophore.

Blastophore noun [ Greek blasto`s sprout + ... to bear.] (Biol.) That portion of the spermatospore which is not converted into spermatoblasts, but carries them.

Blastopore noun [ Greek blasto`s sprout + English pore .] (Biol.) The pore or opening leading into the cavity of invagination, or archenteron. [ See Illust. of Invagination .] Balfour.

Blastosphere noun [ Greek blasto`s sprout + English sphere .] (Biol.) The hollow globe or sphere formed by the arrangement of the blastomeres on the periphery of an impregnated ovum. [ See Illust. of Invagination .]

Blastostyle noun [ Greek blasto`s sprout, bud + ... a pillar.] (Zoology) In certain hydroids, an imperfect zooid, whose special function is to produce medusoid buds. See Hydroidea , and Athecata .

Blastula noun [ New Latin , dim. of Greek blasto`s a sprout.] (Biol.) That stage in the development of the ovum in which the outer cells of the morula become more defined and form the blastoderm.

Blastule noun (Biol.) Same as Blastula .

Blasty adjective
1. Affected by blasts; gusty.

2. Causing blast or injury. [ Obsolete] Boyle.

Blat intransitive verb To cry, as a calf or sheep; to bleat; to make a senseless noise; to talk inconsiderately. [ Low]

Blat transitive verb To utter inconsiderately. [ Low]

If I have anything on my mind, I have to blat it right out.
W. D. Howells.

Blatancy noun Blatant quality.

Blatant adjective [ Confer Bleat .] Bellowing, as a calf; bawling; brawling; clamoring; disagreeably clamorous; sounding loudly and harshly. "Harsh and blatant tone." R. H. Dana.

A monster, which the blatant beast men call.
Spenser.

Glory, that blatant word, which haunts some military minds like the bray of the trumpet.
W. Irving.

Blatantly adverb In a blatant manner.

Blather (blă&thlig;"ẽr) intransitive verb & t. [ imperfect & past participle Blathered ; present participle & verbal noun Blathering .] [ Written also blether .] [ Icelandic blaðra . Confer Blatherskite .] To talk foolishly, or nonsensically. G. Eliot.

Blather noun [ Written also blether .] Voluble, foolish, or nonsensical talk; -- often in the plural Hall Caine.

Blatherskite noun A blustering, talkative fellow. [ Local slang, U. S.] Barllett.

Blatter intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Blattered ] [ Latin blaterare to babble: confer French blatérer to bleat.] To prate; to babble; to rail; to make a senseless noise; to patter. [ Archaic] "The rain blattered ." Jeffrey.

They procured . . . preachers to blatter against me, . . . so that they had place and time to belie me shamefully.
Latimer.